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My dog is afaid of flies she shakes hides and looks at the

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my dog is afaid of flies she shakes hides and looks at the ceiling and the the walls
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 2 years ago.
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This is fairly common in dogs that have in the past been stung buy a bee or many bees as the fly buzzing sounds the same as a bee.
The best thing to do is to have her focus on something else that is pleasant rather then allow her to focus on the buzzing.
What I would do when there are no flies around is clicker train her positively in commands using a special treat as a reward. Treats like chicken or hot dog slivers. You want to do this when there are no flies so that she get used to know that this particular training yields her something good and nd that will help her focus on you . If commands are boring you can even train her some tricks.
Coddling and soft talk can actually reward the scared behavior so I would not do that, it keeps her mind on the flies thinking there must be something to be afraid of if the owner is rewarding me with soft talk.
I would get some fly catchers , the kind they use in horse barns and put them at the far end of your yard, in the sun, as that should keep them contained to that area.
You can also try putting cotton in the ears to see if that muffles the sound and keep a floor fan going so it makes a white noise.
You may also want to try to desensitise her to it by recording or buying a recording of the buzzing sound and as you train start the recording off low and over time make it louder so she hears it but not so much it sends terror in her . Eventually she should get used to the noise with some positive training.
YOu can also do some behavior modification training with her which is to expose her to the sound and remove, reward, and praise before she has time to act scared. This may be only one second to start, but you build from there.
While training to the sound you can give melatonin as this is what we use for most noise anxiety. I will direct you to information and dosing below.
If you are not familiar with clicker and BAT training I have put links below.
Clicker training/positive method training/ print off
video’s to see how clicker training is done, scroll down to videos
Training method BAT
Melatonin can be found in a drug store.